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Hoodlum (1997)

Director: Bill Duke     Starring: Andy Garcia Laurence Fishburne Tim Roth
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40022395
UPC: 027616699527
UPC 14: 00027616699527
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Black gangsters in 1930 harlem fights dutch schultz who is trying to horn in on their numbers racket.
Editor's Note
HOODLUM stars Laurence Fishburne in a powerful performance as Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the notorious Harlem gangster of the 1930s. Director Bill Duke mixes a sumptuous visual style with a message of black empowerment. Bumpy gets out of prison and goes to work for the Harlem numbers powerhouse known as Madam Queen (Cicely Tyson), bringing him into conflict with the psychopathic Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth), who is trying to take over the numbers racket in Harlem. As the blood flows through Harlem streets, those around Bumpy begin to question his methods-- and his morals.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, Trailers, Trivia

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/21/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 130 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 906995
Video UPC UPC: 00027616699527
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Chi McBride
Video Cast Info Beau Starr
Video Cast Info Mike Starr
Video Cast Info William Atherton
Video Cast Info Andy Garcia
Video Cast Info Richard Bradford
Video Cast Info Ed O'Ross
Video Cast Info Joe Guzaldo
Video Cast Info Queen Latifah
Video Cast Info Vanessa Williams
Video Cast Info Paul Benjamin
Video Cast Info Laurence Fishburne
Video Cast Info Clarence Williams III
Video Cast Info Tim Roth
Video Cast Info Loretta Devine
Video Cast Info Cicely Tyson
Video Cast Info Richard Bruno - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Frank Tidy - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bill Johnson - Special Makeup Effects
Video Cast Info Chris Brancato - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Charles C. Bennett - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Paul Eckstein - Producer
Video Cast Info Harry Keramidas - Editor
Video Cast Info Bill Brown - Sound Effects Editor
Video Cast Info Helen Sugland - Producer
Video Cast Info Frank Mancuso Jr. - Producer
Video Cast Info Elmer Bernstein - Composer
Video Cast Info Bill Duke - Producer
Video Cast Info Chris Brancato - Producer
Video Cast Info Laurence Fishburne - Producer
Video Cast Info Bill Duke - Director
Plot Summary
Bill Duke's HOODLUM, with its rich visuals, brutal violence, and moral probing, pays homage to THE GODFATHER and other classic gangster films while exploring the nature of black empowerment as it relates to criminality. The film is Duke's second collaboration with Laurence Fishburne, and as with DEEP COVER, Fishburne delivers a compelling performance. He plays Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the legendary Harlem gangster of the 1930s who fought Dutch Schultz for control of the numbers racket. Tim Roth is hilariously grotesque as Schultz, a villain whose foul mouth sets a new cinematic standard. Duke gets strong performances from Andy Garcia as Lucky Luciano and Chi McBride as Bumpy's right-hand man, Illinois. Vanessa Williams plays Francine, a social activist who loves Bumpy but can't understand the violent path he's chosen. Bumpy, a surprisingly civic-minded criminal, goes to war with Schultz to protect Harlem from the interloper, but as the body count mounts in the community he's trying to protect, he ends up losing the support of those closest to him. The film's uneasy mix of mayhem and humor makes for compelling viewing, and the moral questions it raises about black empowerment and criminality only add to the intrigue.

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...Charging the action is an electric three-prong attack: Laurence Fishburne as magnetic Johnson, Tim Roth as a wonderfully no-class Schultz and Andy Garcia as a cool and cocky Luciano..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 08/27/1997 p.2D

New York Times
"...Mr. Fishburne is as coolly ruthless as Al Pacino's Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER....Ms. Tyson is also memorable..." 08/27/1997 p.C16

Entertainment Weekly
"...This is Duke's most accomplished job of direction yet. He gets a juicy performance out of Tim Roth..." 09/05/1997 p.51

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Duke has made a historical drama as much as a thriller..." 08/27/1997 p.51

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Fishbourne,Laurence
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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